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Transform outsourcing governance- 5 powerful and tested tips

May 23, 2016
Earlier we spoke about the pitfalls of outsourcing your projects in Time and Material model. We highlighted lack of transparency, a false sense of control, escalating time and costs … and how a mature and robust outsourcing governance model can help address this. It’s not that companies do not
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Moonshot man, Rajan Anandan, VP and MD of Google India, uses Sapience Buddy

May 10, 2016
The head of Google in India and South-East Asia knows that at Google, every improvement has to be 10x. Now, he is trying to bring a billion Indians online. Trust Rajan Anandan, vice-president and managing director of Google, South-East Asia and India, not to own a television set. “For the last

5 Things No One Told You About T&M Engagement

April 18, 2016
Since you are reading this blog it is safe to assume that you either have an outsourcing engagement in Time and Material (T&M) model or are about to establish an outsourced T&M engagement. Out of all the options available for outsourcing, a T&M engagement is the easiest to establish.

Take a break to be more productive at work

April 5, 2016
You will probably be surprised if we say that training yourself for productivity is, in some ways, like preparing for a marathon—but bear with us. Along with the physical training, marathon training regimes demand periods of rest between the runs so that the muscles can rest, recover and then

In Conversation with David Allen

January 25, 2016
“Efficiency is doing things right, effectiveness is doing the right things” – Peter Drucker You probably know David Allen as the world’s leading expert of organizational and individual productivity. He is the author of ‘Getting things done’ and the creator of the GTD methodology. He is
Top 25 Productivity Tips for 2016

Top 25 Productivity Tips for 2016

January 5, 2016
As people get busier each day, they all seem to wish for more hours in the day to complete their work. To-Do lists never end, and the days get longer and longer. Then again, one must wonder how  is it that there are those successful people who do get everything done – on time – and

Food For Thought – The Office Cafeteria’s Key Role

December 14, 2015
“Science may never come up with a better office communication system than the coffee break.” – Earl Wilson Admit it – you, just like the rest of us, have dreamt of working at Google – not because of the work content but driven by stories of their well-stocked and free cafeterias. Stories
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Can People Analytics Help Managers Improve Company Culture?

December 7, 2015
Culture eats strategy for breakfast. – Peter Drucker It is a globally accepted fact that company culture is extremely important for the success of any business, irrespective of its size. After all, culture is a set of shared beliefs, collective behavior, values and practices that binds an

A Selfie a day keeps work stress away

December 1, 2015
The best thing about the Selfie is that .. it is simple. Just click on that nice little icon and the camera turns the attention on YOU. And that’s what we need today in the world. To RE-focus on ourselves; our homes, our family, our friends … our well-being and life itself. Some people feel

Sapience is an IBM Partner for its Open HR Initiative

November 19, 2015
I am pleased to announce that we signed an Agreement with IBM last week to be part of their Open HR initiative, designed to help enterprises recruit and hire the right talent, compensate them fairly, manage their performance & find the star performers. Our interaction with IBM started back in

Workforce Productivity Measurement – High time We Get it Right

September 21, 2015
Roger Martin, a well-known professor at and former dean of the Rotman School of Management, had written this brilliant article about how economists have got it wrong about measuring productivity. According to him, the productivity numbers as we hear from the economists and IT enthusiasts,

The 5 Absolute Top Skills of a Great Project Manager

September 7, 2015
“First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.” – Aristotle Is it hard to imagine the first project manager appearing on the scene

A Drone’s Eye View Of A Mindful Enterprise

August 31, 2015
We wanted to make this one of those “fly on the wall” pieces but realized that the kind of enterprise we are talking about would not provide a bug-friendly environment, so drone it has to be. It’s 10.30 PDT as our drone hovers silently in a truly huge parking lot just off Tasman Drive in San

Upgrade Your Feedback, Upgrade Your Culture

August 26, 2015
In my final months of college, I did a short stint at Apple. In doing this, I got a taste of Apple’s culture via their orientation. One of my favorite learnings from this involved how to properly give feedback. Most feedback we get is poor feedback, and I don’t mean that it wasn’t a positive

The Freelancer’s Guide to the Productivity Galaxy – Navigate the Productivity Puzzle

August 24, 2015
Companies across the globe are adopting a positive attitude towards the concept of ‘anywhere, anytime’ work, since most are increasingly realizing that ultimately, the only metric that matters is the output…the productivity of the individual. At the same time, there has been a huge rise in

Don’t be creepy, be helpful…

August 18, 2015
Millennials are generally thought to be a less privacy focused generation. I don’t think this is in fact true, but I do think that Millennials may be more open to trading privacy for value and I am no exception. Recently we have seen an explosion of systems that create data for organizations,

Golden Hours – the means to a fulfilling day

August 17, 2015
If I were paid a penny for each conversation around the difficulty of achieving work-life harmony, I would have been a multi-millionaire by now. We all have been part of such iscussions, either listening to someone’s complaint or talking about it ourselves. We started Sapience five

Zen and the Art of Innovation

August 10, 2015
A close friend of mine, Shirish Deodhar, who has written multiple books on Building Innovation, led product companies and on metamorphosis from being an Entrepreneur to a Leader, is also the Co-founder and CEO of a start-up that has developed a software solution to promote wellness at work. So what

Mastering the Art of Creating an Effective To-Do List to Work Smarter

August 10, 2015
“Before you eat the elephant, make sure you know what parts you want to eat.”  ― Todd Stocker Many successful people, business leaders and entrepreneurs aloud the to-do list as one of the most effective ways to be more productive, organized and focused and for better time management.

Work isn’t Alcoholic Anonymous, but…

August 6, 2015
Work isn’t alcoholics anonymous but accountability is still the key to success. Here are 6 themes that can help you define a culture of accountability. Transparency: Accountability is built on clearly stated expectations that empower ownership and in doing so create the right outcomes in a

Clock-Watching Takes On A Different Meaning In Global Teams

August 5, 2015
Consider these facts: 66% of multinational companies make extensive use of virtual teams 79% of employees responding to a recent survey said they “always or frequently” worked in dispersed teams Clearly Virtual, or Geographically dispersed, teams are now an undeniable fact of life in knowledge

Instantly improve your office productivity with these changes

July 27, 2015
You need more than sleep pods and gallons of free coffee to keep employees happy, engaged and productive today. Smart organizations realize that they have to design office spaces that foster collaboration and promote focus amongst the employees to ensure a positive productivity impact. A

17 Ultimate Things to Make Your Time on PC more Productive

July 21, 2015
Who doesn’t want to be more productive? We all are looking for ways to avoid distractions. It’s easy to feel like we are losing focus and control. Productivity is about doing more, faster and with lesser effort. Is it difficult to increase the productivity? Not really. Take a minute or two and

Employee Engagement – India tops the charts, but that’s not the full story

July 13, 2015
Employee Engagement is a top of the mind issue for senior executives, and especially HR, for some time now. Given today’s dynamic, competitive and complex business environment, organizations have realized that in order to stay relevant they need highly engaged employees. A recent report by Dale

Working Smart – Designing your home office for maximum productivity

July 6, 2015
Technological advancements and evolving perceptions of the workplace have empowered workers to seek greater flexibility in the workplace and have licensed organizations to allow it. With the number of telecommuters growing by 79 percent between 2005 and 2012, there are over 3.2 million workers

Employee Engagement is a Choice of Employees

July 1, 2015
Don’t let the title of the article surprise you. I was reading this article by Gallup which pointed out that only 13% of the workers worldwide are engaged in their jobs. Now this is definitely a number to worry about. This means that 87% employees are not engaged and non-engaged employees can’t

Benefits of Workforce Tracking and Analytics

June 22, 2015
For most of the top-notch CEOs, human capital is probably the most important factor in maintaining the competitive advantage – a lot higher than physical assets, brand, innovation and raw material. HR Leaders unanimously agree that people are essential for the long-term success of any

Multitasking made easy with these simple tips!

June 15, 2015
Multitasking is a way of work and life, especially in the midst of the Digital Era. Switching your attention between multiple projects, business meetings, and various forms of communication constantly keeps our minds busy and engaged. However, multitasking is not for everyone and studies show that

Pros and Cons of Open Office’s vs. Closed Office’s

June 8, 2015
The long-lasting debate concerning open office plans versus closed office spaces has many businesses considering important factors when deciding on the type of layout that will best suit their needs. How an office space is laid out holds a number of vital implications for your business, including

Sapience at Quantified Self 2015

June 5, 2015
On Saturday June 20th, we are participating as a sponsor at QS15, the Quantified Self Exposition. The Expo will be a day of “how-to’s” with packed sessions on how to track, learn, and reach personal goals using methods emerging from the Quantified Self movement. We have a

Keeping Your Personal Life Organized Outside of Work is Possible!

June 1, 2015
In today’s fast-paced marketplace, maintaining a personal life outside of your full-time job can seem nearly impossible. Cellular communication requires us to be “on” all the time. Emails, calls, text messages, tweets and comments can make it feel as if we’re never not working. Yet, success

Gender Bender – Flexibility Isn’t Only For Women Employees

May 25, 2015
There has long since been a debate about how the best way to get more women into the workforce is to have flexibility in the work arrangements. That debate has more or less been settled but perhaps it’s time to ask if what’s sauce for the goose shouldn’t be sauce for the gander too – if

If multitasking is counterproductive why do we still do it?

May 16, 2015
We are all aware of the major sources of stress in our life – money, long commutes, soaring deadlines, hyperactive children…the list can go on. But apart from the obvious sources, stress builds up to the point of explosion mainly because of low grade challenges. These challenges, though

#WhatMakesMeHappy – Time for Some Introspection

May 15, 2015
Ask anybody around you “What do you want most in life?” and most probably, the answer will be “I want to be happy.” Sounds very simple, isn’t it? Mind you, it is not money, power or fame – it’s plain simple happiness. Everybody around us is busy running after something – better job,

Sapience at TieCon 2015

May 11, 2015
Sapience is excited to be part of TieCon 2015 happening at Santa Clara on May 15 & 16, 2015. Come and visit us at booth number 602. We are launching a very innovative product at the conference, especially for entrepreneurs and startup founders – to help them cultivate new habits to do things

Are mobile devices increasing Productivity at the cost of increasing Work Hours?

May 5, 2015
Flexibility impacts productivity positively – more and more organizations are now offering workplace flexibility or are open to exploring the option of flexible working today than 5 years ago. Thanks to the rise of mobility, smartphones and increased internet access the workforce today is

Crossing the Productivity Chasm – The Hawthorne Study

April 27, 2015
How can we improve personal productivity? This question of productivity has been a big one and under consideration for a very long time. The importance of this question lies in the direct impact that productivity has on the bottom line of any organization. When approached objectively, productivity

Did Apple Miss on Something Big about Employee Productivity and Work-life Harmony?

April 22, 2015
Gone are the days when opportunity to work in swanky offices was exciting enough for employees to join a particular organizations. Engineers no more join a particular organization just because it is very famous or is a tech giant. High salaries and titles are not the only reasons why people enjoy

Sleeping Your Way To Being Productive

April 20, 2015
The digital revolution has completely changed the way we do business, often making us more productive and allowing us to work from anywhere that has an Internet connection. While mobility and maximizing productivity are beneficial, it is also important to unplug, allowing your mind and body the

The Rule of 96-Minutes to Productivity

April 17, 2015
Well-known American Author, Philosopher and Thought Leader, Henry David Thoreau has famously said “It’s not enough to be busy, as are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about.” In today’s hyper-connected and ‘always-on’ world, all of us seem to be supremely busy and

Mauka Mauka!

April 15, 2015
An urban legend proclaims that Barack Obama said he watches cricket to understand why his country’s production goes down by 5% whenever Sachin Tendulkar is batting. Though America and India’s productivity may have increased after Sachin’s retirement in 2013, the passion and craze about

Let’s talk about stress

April 13, 2015
Recently, we had posted a discussion in all Workplace, Productivity, HR and Leadership groups on LinkedIn about stress in the workplace. The discussion was about how a demand for higher productivity from employees is sending the workforce’s stress levels shooting through the roof. The question

You Want A Tip To Beat Stress – How About 15!

April 8, 2015
You’ve probably heard a lot about Mindfulness and of how the focus of the complete attention on the task at hand can help one to be more productive and also less stressed. The practice is grabbing the headlines after companies like Google and General Mills have adopted it in their work practices

You Need Attention Management Not Time Management

April 6, 2015
“When you really pay attention everything is your teacher.” Ezra Bayda We recently did an interview with noted employee engagement expert and author Julie Winkle Giulioni that had several interesting insights into how employee performance and engagement could be positively impacted by

Culture Bump

March 31, 2015
Many companies have a culture problem. It’s not hard to spot, if every morning your company’s employees file in like lifeless zombies only to shuffle papers around slowly counting down the minutes in the day, then your culture is probably suffering, severely. It’s not too late though.

Data Lends A Hand To Managers Tasked With Making A Culture Change

March 27, 2015
Organizational culture is ingrained in the very fabric of its being – to a large extent it’s what makes an organization unique. That’s all very well and good when things are going well but what if something goes wrong? The question is when something is so central to the organization what is

The New Workforce Needs A New Manager

March 27, 2015
The times they’re a changing – that’s even more true if you are taking about the demographics of today’s workforce. In this article for India’s leading Business magazine, Business Today, our CEO, Shirish Deodhar, shines the spotlight on exactly how the workforce has changed with the entry

Coping with workplace stress

March 24, 2015
It’s hard to believe that anyone dreams of hair reducing stress and gut clenching anxiety when they envision their ideal career. However, many of us work long hours in strenuous environments, which can lead to unhealthy work situations. These unhealthy workplace factors can have a serious impact

The unbearable likeness of walking out and work life balance

March 24, 2015
Last week the whole world cheered Patrick Pitchette’s parting note to Google. He was Google’s CFO for the past 7 years and decided to hang up his boots to go backpacking across the globe with his wife. Every employee identified with his problem, and anyone who was struggling with work-life

Meditation Alone Does Not a Mindful Leader Make

March 19, 2015
Mindfulness and meditation are quickly becoming mainstream in corporate America. The research is irrefutable that meditation contributes to positive outcomes along countless physical and mental health dimensions. And even the most traditional, conservative public and private enterprises are

5 Annoying Work Habits you Need to Break

March 16, 2015
“All bad habits start slowly and gradually and before you know you have the habit, the habit has you.” – Zig Ziglar Nobody is perfect. All of us have some or other bad habits. But certain bad habits can have a very negative impact on your professional life. Experts therefore advise that one

Designing your day is the trick!

March 16, 2015
Design is often categorized as something that is purely visual or aesthetic. However, a key element in design should be the function of a product or how it can add value to our lives through innovative technology and progressive user experience. Simply put, design shouldn’t just be visually

Seeking Tips To Up Your Workplace Productivity?

March 10, 2015
Work is piling up even as you read this but don’t go yet – we promise this article will help you get through the day better. Organizations today demand ever increasing levels of productivity – time is short and distractions are many. The question – is what you can do to make sure you

Zen Email Habits to Help you be More Productive

March 3, 2015
Emails have become part and parcel of our lives. No more limited to only official communication, emails are integral to our personal lives as well. Email is not bad – in fact, it’s a great tool. Whether it is a boon or bane – really depends on how we use it. Here are 4 great email habits

What Would Make Patricia Arquette Happy?

February 26, 2015
Oscar winners down the ages have not shied away from using that stage to give voice to the social causes of their choosing. Among the speeches this year was Patricia Arquette’s impassioned espousal of equal pay and equal rights for women in the workplace. Perhaps this caught the attention because

What Really Is an Ideal Work Environment?

February 24, 2015
Weekends are good for some casual reading and for being updated about what’s happening in the industry. One of the links which I had bookmarked for later reading was a report by Regus, an organization that works on workplace solutions. It recently conducted a global survey of over 22,000 business

5 Music Apps to maximize productivity at work

February 18, 2015
Hip and trendy open office spaces are taking over the office landscape, and everyone from startups to corporate behemoths are incorporating the cubicle free layout into their updated office design. However as more and more offices convert to the open office space, the more we learn that working in

Quantification at Work

January 27, 2015
It used to be considered semi OCD to count every step you took throughout the day, and if someone saw you tracking the number of times you moved your arms while at work, they might report you to HR for erratic behavior. However, with new trends bucking conventional wisdom, it is now chic to count

Self improvement ideas for work

January 20, 2015
It’s difficult to find inspiration at our workplace. Day in and day out, we face the same environment, coworkers and tasks—all factors that can lead to serious brain drain. But it’s important to put things in perspective. First off: you have a job, and when so many are struggling to

What Came First – The Urgent Or The Important?

January 8, 2015
The principal challenge for most professionals and perhaps even more for those in leadership positions is how to prioritize from among the several tasks on the ‘To do’ list. Adding to the complexity are some tasks that may not be manifestly of great value but that have tight deadlines and

Self Discovery for Productivity

January 8, 2015
As we move into 2015 many of us will make grand declarations about how we plan to work hard to achieve our goals and find success. It’s the same story every New Year; we want to increase our productivity and realign our focus, so we can achieve what’s important to us. While technology has

3 Key Learnings from my 4th Start-up

January 2, 2015
Your idea is important, but you must have that ‘x’ factor in the execution – Good ideas typically represent a significant evolution over existing solutions, in terms of capabilities, leveraging of new technology, and/or adaptation to a new market or business paradigm. You have to be

How to improve work efficiency

December 24, 2014
How to improve work efficiency A ticking clock. A cold pot of coffee. A coworker who can’t stop sneezing. These are the stereotypical images that define the modern workplace—images of boredom and minutia, and perhaps what you experience every day. In most cases, this image of a

Office Morale

December 19, 2014
Company culture seems like a hot new buzzword that is making the rounds on every digital media site and tech blog. However, investing in your company’s culture is something that will pay huge dividends as you start to recruit top tier talent. Investing in your company’s work culture will be

Outsourcing Governance & Outsourcing Management

December 2, 2014
Outsourcing began to achieve large-scale notice in the early 1990s, largely as a cost reduction measure for troubled firms or as a bottom line fattening practice of so-called corporate raiders. In the 2000s the practice has evolved into a worldwide labor market for everything from support functions

Use “Work Yoga” to Improve Your Company Culture

December 2, 2014
The timeless art of practicing yoga has been around for centuries, and recently the benefits of yoga have begun to influence the work space. Whether you practice Vinyasa or Barre, yoga is designed to help you have a: sunnier disposition; reduced joint pain; improved sleep patterns; enhanced

Creating opportunity through productivity

December 2, 2014
Nearshore economies are being pegged as the next hotspot for outsourcing. Reports from Gartner indicate that the region is expected to see a 14.21% growth by 2018. Some of the main reasons for their rising prominence are their geographical proximity to the United States, a trilingual workforce

Not Only Productivity, but Mindfulness Also Increases Velocity

November 25, 2014
Agile software development projects can be profitable only when the development teams, along with being productive, also reach their velocity – which means they perform the tasks at hand in a very fast manner. This can happen when the management of the organization gets a clear picture of why

Dividing and Conquering a Tough Work Day

November 25, 2014
We all know how tough it can be to remain enthusiastic at work. Long hours and work-related stress can leave you feeling exhausted, defeated, and like Sisyphus pushing a rock of paperwork up a hill with the knowledge it will come crashing down once you almost reach the top. Those feelings carry on

Four Ways to Up Your Efficiency

November 25, 2014
Being a dynamo on the job that slashes through a to-do list like a samurai isn’t always easy. The good news is that it’s not impossible or even hard to learn to become that way. All it takes is implementing some smart self-improvement ideas for work into your day-to-day routine. These four

Create a Mindful Software Development Team

October 27, 2014
In this video about Mindful Software Development, Steve Mezak of Accelerance interviewed Shirish Deodhar. During this discussion, Shirish explained that Sapience creates a more mindful development environment, delivering 20% and more productivity improvement.   The objective of the

Correction without conflict –Increasing the productivity of your software development team

October 16, 2014
Software development teams are always under constant pressure to deliver more, deliver faster and deliver better. Since most businesses demand a quicker time to market without compromising on the work quality it becomes essential for organizations to understand the factors that influence

Say No to distractions

October 16, 2014
The term “in the zone” has been abused by many cricket commentators over the years. Any batsman playing consistently well is deemed to be in the zone. Those who are asked about it, either dismiss it or give some other self-deprecating reply. But one of India’s finest cricketers, Rahul Dravid,

Working smart should count more than working late

October 15, 2014
Organizations today are waking up to the growing importance of work-life balance. What is work life balance essentially? It’s the capability of completing delegated tasks within a stipulated period of time making way for a happier, more focused, mindful and most importantly a more productive

Urgent V/s Important – The CXO’s Dilemma

October 15, 2014
“What is urgent is seldom important and what is important is seldom urgent” – Gen. Dwight D Eisenhower (Former President of the USA) As the driving force behind an organization a CXO is responsible for putting in place long term strategies and monitoring execution. However that is not all

Time and Material Model versus Outcome Based Pricing

October 15, 2014
Outsourcing is no more being looked at as just a cost advantage. Gone are the days when it was looked at as “Outsource and forget.” Companies are ready to invest time in working closely with outsourcing vendor to get a better control over management, get in-depth insights into supplier

What’s your peak productivity time?

October 15, 2014
People are different. They are meant to be different. Thank god really because it would be quite dull if everyone was the same. Preferences, choices, likes, dislikes extend in infinite areas. This also includes the time when people feel most productive. Some people are night owls and feel most

To Task or Multitask – that is the question

October 15, 2014
Across the world the ability to multitask is mostly seen as an extremely desirable skill, one to be worn as a badge of honour. Many of us, in this age of effortless information, wear many hats at one time thinking that we’re accomplishing more and being efficient. All of us who form this

Incorrect Effort estimates are hurting your business

October 14, 2014
How many of us have spent exasperating times when deadlines that are too tight loom large over our heads leading to frayed nerves, overworked souls and unhappy bosses and clients? Chances are, that incorrect time and effort estimation was the main culprit behind this predicament. Time and effort

How to lead first and manage second

October 14, 2014
Organizations worldwide are looking at employee productivity and efficient organizational structures very differently. Not so long ago the employee who spent longer hours at work was viewed favorably, today the case is quite different. The focus today has shifted from being busy to being productive

The Right Time

October 14, 2014
The Right Time People are different. They are meant to be different. Thank god because it would be quite dull if everyone was the same. Preferences, choices, likes, dislikes extend in infinite areas and this includes the time when people feel most productive. Some people are night owls and feel

Are you profitable in fixed price projects?

October 14, 2014
A fixed price project makes the vendor deliver a pre-defined work product for a fixed price. There is the potential to create that truly rare occurrence in projects, a win-win situation for the vendor and the client both. The client gets a certain budget and more often than not a reasonable

Do organizations need to slow down to grow faster?

September 3, 2014
With the world moving at a break neck speed it seems strange that the concept of mindfulness which asks an individual to take time and look within is gaining such momentum. Large organizations such as Google and Apple are embracing this concept to increase employee focus and improve performance.

Telecommuting and productivity – a manager’s nightmare?

August 22, 2014
Between 2005 to 2012 telecommuting has risen by 79%. Almost 3.3 million which is 2.6% of the US employee workforce is currently working remotely. This clearly indicates that the concepts of the prototypical workplace is changing. While companies such as Yahoo and HP have debated the efficacy of

Feeling unproductive? Take an online break

August 8, 2014
Online breaks have often been frowned upon and looked at as one of the major time wasters at work. However, according to a recent study conducted by the University of Cincinnati taking timed online breaks actually help in increasing productivity. In extensive one- on- one interviews conducted on

Less work and more play – What does Sweden hope to achieve with a 6 hour work day?

August 8, 2014
In an attempt to drive up productivity among its workers the Swedish government is looking at a very interesting experiment. Government staff in the Swedish city of Gothenburg are participating in this yearlong experiment starting the 1st of July. The workers are divided in two groups; one group

Mind over matter – How to get more done in less time

July 25, 2014
Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, there don’t seem to be enough hours in a day. While there seems to be no lack of motivation to get more productive, staying motivated and disciplined about productivity seems to be a huge roadblock. In this tryst against time, it pays greatly to understand

Did You Miss Any Goals At The World Cup?

July 15, 2014
The FIFA World Cup just same to an exciting climax and if you are like us you are probably feeling a strange emptiness in your schedule. Among all the goals that were scored though there were some that were missed that you may not have noticed. Quite surprising when you consider that you were

What Makes Employees More Productive?

July 9, 2014
Harvard Business Review’s website recently reached out to 19,000 employees from various levels and positions across different companies and a broad range of industries through a survey to understand “what makes employees more satisfied and productive at work?” The survey revelaed

Coming Up: A Happier, More Productive, UK Work Force

July 1, 2014
Newspapers recently carried news of how labour rules in the UK had been recently amended to give all workers the right to request flexible working hours including the right to work from home. The ruling sought to extend the benefit to the workforce at large beyond just the new parents it earlier

The Unseen Time Wasters at Work

June 23, 2014
Research says we have about 56 interruptions at work in 1 day. It takes 3 minutes to switch between tasks and it takes 2 hrs to recover from the distraction. On an average business day we receive 306 emails, we check our emails 36 times in an hour and it takes 16 minutes to refocus after handling

The Science of Procrastination

June 23, 2014
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Workaholic to Mindful

May 26, 2014
In continuation of my previous blog and as promised, I am going to share my learning’s of having been a workaholic. The imperative learning for me was what I call the journey from being ‘Workaholic to Mindful”. Mindfulness means- the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.

Workaholism-Nothing to be proud of!

April 21, 2014
Workaholic- One who has a compulsive and unrelenting need to work. This is how the dictionary defines a workaholic but the implications of being one are beyond definition. Until recently, even I was very proud of being a workaholic. I assumed that my workaholism portrayed my hunger for growth,

Can hard work make you happy at work?

April 2, 2014
While growing up I was always inundated with advice like ‘patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success’, ‘an ant on the move does more than a dozing ox’ or ‘it seems the harder I work the more luck I have’. With this ideology I got into this mode

You’re not Superman but Batman!

March 20, 2014
“Just leave me alone, I know what I have to do”! Is this something you recollect saying to your mom or your boss (in your mind ofcourse) every time they pin point your work or keep giving constant small time feedback? Initially it is intimidating but then later you realize that they made sense

The death of old work habits

March 5, 2014
“Many people look forward to the new year for a new start to an old habit” After I got promoted to Project Manager I was super excited about the role and couldn’t go to bed thinking of all the innovative changes and ideas I would be bringing to the table. Next day I went to office all charged

Kitna deti hai

January 30, 2014
Amit and his wife Anuja both worked in reputed IT firms. They had bought a new house last year and were expecting a baby soon. To secure their financial needs they had wisely decided to cut down their luxuries and impulse expenses and were focusing on needs. Amit was going through lot of

The Work Statement!

January 21, 2014
It was end December time, and Kunal who had started on his first job recently, was enjoying a short vacation with his friends. As usual, the topic of last year’s achievements and next year’s resolutions came up. Everyone was sharing their thoughts, but Kunal was lost in his thoughts. He

To Trust or Not – is the question?

January 3, 2014
“Mr. Mathur, we have analyzed the employee swipe-in and swipe- out details and observed that on average, users are taking 10-12 breaks. Assuming 10min per break the organization is losing almost 1.5 to 2 hrs of productive time. To diagnose the behavior we suggest you to implement a productivity

In All Fairness

December 18, 2013
As I sat impatiently in the clinic awaiting my turn, I was visibly cringing at the thought of the needle that was about to prick me to draw out my blood. Well yes, I’m a big girl alright, but blood tests still have a very unsettling effect on me. This particular one was a part of the medical

The Work Leela

November 22, 2013
So after a long ride we finally reached our weekend destination – THE FARM HOUSE near Lonavala. This was a long awaited break for the six of us. Where our sole agenda was to party hard and catch up on good old times. How I wished that it stayed this way. Now let me tell you what actually

At work, only Quality matters, and Quantity does not

November 15, 2013
I keep hearing this statement every time I demonstrate Sapience software which automatically measures effort at all levels – from individual work time, to work patterns at each level of the company hierarchy.  Often managers argue against this work measurement, countering with the argument

Myth: Everyone works for 8 hours a day

October 17, 2013
Having analyzed 40+ million work hours at 40+ organizations and 40,000+ users in the past two years, Sapience is breaking a few myths about the ‘8 hours of work in office’. Myth #1) Everyone works for 8 hours a day Nothing can be far from truth. Yes, most of us are in office for at least 8

Working women, get rid of the guilt!

September 17, 2013
Hey girl, I’m just like you,  a family lady who constantly stretches herself to meet both ends – family happiness and success at workplace. My name is Gauri. We are a family of three; me, my husband and our adorable 4-year old daughter. I work for InSync Pre-Media Pvt Ltd. My

Work habits for Steve and Santosh differ!

September 2, 2013
Typical day in the life of Steve (software programmer at a Bay area, USA, company) After a 20 minute drive from home, Steve reaches 5 minutes late due to heavy traffic on 101. Parking some way off, he walks briskly to his building, climbs up to the first floor, and joins his team meeting at 8:05

The importance of core

June 19, 2013
A few years back my manager came to me one day and asked me to fill in for him for a month while he attended an executive MBA course at the top MBA institute in the country. I was the senior-most developer in the team at the time and I thought it would be a cakewalk to handle a bit of part-time

The no-problem problem

June 10, 2013
When you see a bunch of good-looking people rent out a mountain cabin or a lake house for the summer, and especially if it is set in the middle of some of the most breathtaking scenery you have ever seen – crisp blue skies with fluffy white clouds, lush greenery, and clear deep blue waters

The blind men and the elephant

May 31, 2013
It was six men of Indostan / To learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant / (Though all of them were blind), That each by observation / Might satisfy his mind. Thus begins the famous poem by John Godfrey Saxe based on an ancient fablefrom the Indian subcontinent. I am sure we have all

9-6 could be the new flexitime

May 17, 2013
The exact origin of the definition of a standard workday as being from 9am to 6pm is probably shrouded in the mists of time, but it is quite likely that this definition came into being during the Industrial Revolution in the West. Certainly, before the Industrial Revolution, when farming and trade

The never ending journey

May 10, 2013
If someone came up to me in a crowded mall and told me I need to improve myself, my first reaction would probably be one of shock – because I never actually go to crowded malls! Seriously though, I would be shocked by the very idea that I need improvement, and I am guessing that this would be

Defrag (the myth of Multi-tasking)

April 23, 2013
As software engineers learning about storage technologies one of the first things we encounter is the file system, how it stores data in blocks that need not be contiguous, and how this kind of fragmentation can slow down the retrieval of data. This teaches us that contiguous is good and

Are you Spending too much time on E- Mails?

April 19, 2013
Know more with Sapience: Meeting related analysis is just one simple but vital data point amongst a whole range of work pattern intelligence that Sapience delivers which helps you to improve your workforce productivity. Our uniquely compelling and patent pending solution Sapience is a “Smart

Work smart, not long

April 17, 2013
We must have all seen a mail on employee productivity, supposedly written by N R Narayana Murthy,  doing the rounds on social media.  While it is debatable whether the author is really Mr Murthy or not, it does make some valid points and raises pertinent questions.  Namely - Does

How to Make the most of the time at work?

March 27, 2013
Know more with Sapience: Meeting related analysis is just one simple but vital data point amongst a whole range of work pattern intelligence that Sapience delivers which helps you to improve your workforce productivity. Our uniquely compelling and patent pending solution Sapience is a “Smart

How to Effectively Manage a Distributed Team ?

December 17, 2012
A distributed team or a cross-functional team is a group of individuals who work across time, space and organizational boundaries but are linked through well-established loops of communication technology. However, managing distributed teams is a difficult people management process. Therefore,

Are You Building An Effective Team?

November 24, 2012
An effective team can be defined as a high performing, well organized, accomplished and highly disciplined group of members that works for the overall success of the organization. The effective team building skills of an organization’s management determine the overall growth of the entire

Work place Productivity – Hardly working!

November 20, 2012
Recently I came across very relevant research (courtesy – http://complianceandsafety.com/) piece on employee productivity at work place. It confirms the data captured by Sapience that employees work much less than their usual timesheet documented “8 hours”. This is a reality of

7 Tips For Successful Time Management

November 15, 2012
Here we share with you – 7 tips for successful time management at work place. Like it or not, there are umpteen distractions at work place and we tend to fall prey to and lose our focus. At the end of the day we find ourselves chasing deadlines and incomplete tasks. Help yourself come out

3 Ways to improve Employee Engagement

November 15, 2012
Employee engagement is the willingness and involvement of the employees to work for the success of an organization by devoting most of their focus and abilities. Let us understand the levels of employee engagement using the following illustration: “The Employee Engagement Life Cycle” The

Are you building Self-Organized Teams in your Organization?

November 15, 2012
A Self-organized team has a typical style of working where they define a systematic structure or pattern of work within the organisational framework without a central authority imposing it through a planned process. Self-organized teams are driven forward by the energy and passion to organize their

Are you building Self-Organized Teams in your Organisation?

November 6, 2012
A Self-organized team has a typical style of working where they define a systematic structure or pattern of work within the organisational framework without a central authority imposing it through a planned process. Self-organized teams are driven forward by the energy and passion to organize their

Ways to Effectively communicate with your Employees

November 1, 2012
In any organisation the Employee Collaboration, Employee Communication and Employee Compensation play a very important role in smooth functioning and development. Here we will discuss the importance of employee communication and how to execute it effectively. An effective communication procedure

Are You Improving Employee Engagement Through Your Efforts?

November 1, 2012
Employee engagement is the willingness and involvement of the employees to work for the success of an organization by devoting most of their focus and abilities. The business organizations that have highly engaged employees respond proactively to all kinds of competitive challenges and attain

How to Effectively Manage a Distributed Team

November 1, 2012
A distributed team or a cross-functional team is a group of individuals who work across time, space and organizational boundaries but are linked through well-established loops of communication technology. However, managing distributed teams is a difficult people management process. Therefore,

Are You Building An Effective Work Team?

November 1, 2012
An effective team can be defined as a high performing, well organized, accomplished and highly disciplined group of members that works for the overall success of the organization. The effective team building skills of an organization’s management determine the overall growth of the entire

Are Your Employees Committed to the Organisation Goals?

November 1, 2012
Employee commitment can be stated as the degree to which employees are bound emotionally or intellectually to the organization. The management wishes that the employees share a strong commitment to the organisation’s goals & objectives as this commitment enhances the employee engagement at

Are your Time/Effort Estimations accurate?

November 1, 2012
Time/Effort estimation is the process of pre estimating the amount of time/effort required by an organization for executing and delivering a project. Accurate time/effort estimation is an essential skill required for better project management and delivery in an organization. These estimations are

Efficient Workload Management for Enhanced Productivity

October 29, 2012
Workload management is the process of effective workload distribution which is crafted to enable the employees to achieve optimal performance and productivity levels. A balanced distribution of workload helps the management of an organization to enhance the productivity of their existing

Is Your Workplace And Business Competitive?

October 12, 2012
Due to the global financial crisis, majority of businesses are facing a slowdown and it is becoming increasingly difficult for the organisations to stay competitive. Organisations, in order to perform a notch above the rest, need to work in an immaculate manner where they can maintain a healthy

Boost Your Profitability With Employee Work Autonomy

October 9, 2012
Do your employees like work autonomy or do they prefer to work meekly under your instructions? Past studies have revealed that enabling employees with autonomy in their work will transform organizational success.    Work autonomy is a useful tool for employees, which provides them the

Is Your Team Becoming Dysfunctional?

October 5, 2012
When a group of employees lose their effectiveness while working together to achieve a common organizational goal, they become a dysfunctional team. In a dysfunctional team either a single member or a group of members fail to align their commitments and sense of interdependence with the progressive

Are Your Meetings Effective?

October 4, 2012
Most of the managers and top officials in an organization often complain about the number of meetings they attend in a day.  Ideally, the success of a meeting depends on various pre-requisites such the relevant participants, suitable time & venue, a clear cut agenda for the meeting and the

Are You Always Too Busy?

October 3, 2012
Being busy is both good and equally bad for you. It means that you have genuine work to do at your job, or that your to-do list is full of important tasks screaming for attention and you are not managing them effectively. Well, recent studies have found that being excessively involved only in work

Are You a High Performance Organization?

September 28, 2012
Ideally a high performance organisation is an enterprise which is considered to be more successful than its competitors in areas such as profitability, customer service and strategy. An organisation can ensure high performance if it adopts and promotes the following simple practices which can

How Annual Appraisal Process hampers an Organisation’s Productivity

September 28, 2012
Effective communication is a vital requisite of an organization’s performance management system. Inaccurate communication can severely impact the organization in a negative manner by hampering the execution process and can affect employee productivity as well. So, how can organizations maximize

Is Your Leadership Driven By Emotional Intelligence?

September 27, 2012
The foundation of the success of every  organization is laid on the interrelationship between the leadership and the employees; it is a kind of symbiotic relationship where both of them look for  the all round development of the other. The leaders expect the employees to adapt to the work

How to create a meaningful workplace?

September 26, 2012
Every organisation owns a talent pool and an intellectual capital of its own. However,  organizations struggle to make the most out of their workforce and as a result turn into ineffective workplaces. Ideally, a meaningful workplace ensures better performance, optimal quality and a healthy

Are you a vigilant Leader?

September 25, 2012
A Leader’s role in the organisation is same as that of a Captain of a ship, as it is his/her steering abilities, which decides where the organisation is moving. As leaders they always have to be agile and have a keener look at the activities happening around them. However, there are certain areas

Guest blog – 3 Steps to Manage Performers & Potentials

September 25, 2012
In a time when the workforce is increasingly transient, your ability to identify high-performing and high-potential employees—and that of your managers—is critical. And yet, many struggle to distinguish one from the other, negatively impacting their ability to develop and retain top talent. In

Track if You Spend Too Much Time In Your Inbox?

September 21, 2012
Usually we use technology for simplifying our activities and automating processes at work – from sending a simple reminder to submitting an important file. But of late, it has come to light that technology, if not used in a sensible manner, ends up doing more harm than good, especially for senior

Meet your Project Deadlines with Sapience

September 21, 2012
In IT services industry every organization has to deal with the constant battle of meeting the deadlines; and for any project the success is dependent on how well the teams involved in the project handles the assignments within the expected deadline. If teams are able to meet their deadlines

Are You Encouraging Self Discipline At Workplace?

September 21, 2012
Self-discipline at the workplace is a positive effort which helps in developing set ways for our thoughts, actions and habits.  It is an art of self-control and self-reliance, which empowers a person to stick to his/her decisions and propels the individual towards achieving the set goals. In

Can Your Project Management Tool Improve Productivity

September 18, 2012
These days, organizations deal with several vital, high level projects and stringent deadlines. In order to get successful results, they have to be bang on in their project management initiatives and almost every organization tries to achieve this through various Project Management Tools. It is no

How to Make Most of the Time at Work?

September 12, 2012
Employees these days are found complaining about the lack of time they have for completing their tasks. They say that they are aware of the number and nature of tasks that they have to complete in a day; but they fail to execute them effectively. As a result, most tasks take longer time than

Balancing Work Related Stress and Productivity

September 7, 2012
The modern work culture is very tough & demanding and it enforces the employees to consistently provide quick and feasible solutions to work issues. As a result employees find themselves under immense pressure to excel at work 24×7. This pressure over a long run induces high level of work

Are you profitable in Product Development Projects?

September 5, 2012
Global product companies or Independent Service Vendors (ISVs) are always under performance pressure. The ever-present challenges they face in the industry are increasing competition, market expansion, and race against time to hit the markets. A number of challenges have cropped up due to global

Managers: Stimulators of Productivity

September 4, 2012
The foundation of an effective team is always laid by its manager. A manager with good team management skills facilitates his team to enhance individual performance  while boosting the team’s productivity as a whole. The manner in which teams work these days it influences their productivity

As CEOs, What Do You Do In Your First Few Hours at Work Every Day?

September 3, 2012
CEOs are meant to be the front-end drivers of an organization; their main role is to define and drive the organization’s mission and vision. Their primary focus is planning new strategies and directions, while effectively piloting the execution of the current business objectives. However, CEOs

How does Focus affect Productivity?

August 30, 2012
Our ability to focus is one of the most important skills that we need to polish on a continuous basis in order to succeed. As a fact the more focused we are towards our work, the more we are productive and efficient, on the contrary when we work without being focused we spend significantly longer

Workplace Flexibility – The New Buzzword!!

August 29, 2012
The changing trends in the market have given rise to the necessity of serving customers 24 x 7 with quality services. This has put the employees under constant pressure to deliver their best all the time, which affects their productivity in long run. Under these circumstances, Workplace Flexibility

Is your internal Benchmarking process effective?

August 27, 2012
The current IT industry scenario has changed a lot since the global economic turmoil, and because of that the customers in the IT services industry have become extremely vigilant in selecting the best service provider who can give them the maximum output at the best price. These circumstances have

Are you profitable in Outcome Based Projects?

August 22, 2012
Due to the Global financial crisis, majority of businesses are facing a slowdown and the IT budgets are getting tightened. In the current situation Customers are now looking for more value for each rupee spent, and the traditional models of Time & Material or Input based pricing are becoming a

Employee Empowerment and Productivity

August 22, 2012
In today’s rapid-fire modern business world, Employee Productivity has taken a center stage, and one of the best ways to improve productivity of the employees is to empower them. Employee Empowerment is the process of making an individual confident, capable, and making them feel in control of

Are You Keeping Busy or being Productive?

August 20, 2012
We as professionals find ourselves always busy, for us work has no bounds and even 9-10 hours at work place are not sufficient for what we aim to do. We often fail to understand that “Is it really required for us to be that busy?” What we ignore is that we keep on filling the time and keep

Are You Profitable in Fixed Price Projects?

August 14, 2012
Global competition, reduced IT spends, and rising salary costs have severely impacted profitability at Indian IT services companies and large back-offices. Business deals are shifting to Fixed Pricing, and this is putting the service organisations under pressure to deliver the best, keeping the

Retain Top Performers to stay Competitive

August 14, 2012
Every organisation is looking for achieving outstanding revenue in every quarterly cycle, and it’s a well-known fact that they cannot reach the targets without their Top Performers. Retaining key resources in the organisation and safeguarding them from competitors is one of the most important

Are Virtual Teams Getting Real?

August 9, 2012
With the span of work getting Global and crossing boundaries there has been a significant rise in the number of Organisations extensively employing Virtual Teams. A Virtual Team comprise of a group of individuals who work in a collaborative manner across time, space and organisational constraint.

Work Life Balance: Why Not Integrate Them?

August 7, 2012
For most of us working in the IT sector, juggling between the demands of work and life is a continuous challenge and achieving the goal of work life balance seems to be impossible. The need of the hour is to carve out the available time in such a manner that we get ample time to spend with family

Rising IT Bench Strength – Time to Panic?

August 2, 2012
The recent survey done on Indian IT companies clearly states that in the coming quarters, there will be a drastic slowdown in projects and the $100 billion domestic industry is going to experience a downfall. While companies are busy adding employees to their pool, the question rises how the

Measure Effort to Maximize Productivity

July 31, 2012
Measuring effort and productivity goes way back to the 18thcentury when famous management guru Frederick Taylor’s proposed the theory of scientific management, which incorporated productivity measurement, improvement and experimentation as an essential feature for improving the productivity

Employee Morale Versus Productivity – Where Does Your Focus Lie?

July 30, 2012
It’s a well-known fact that employee morale is directly proportional to productivity. The more the employees feel stressed and demoralized, the more it affects their work output. Therefore Employee morale is that essential ingredient that can either make or break a business. These days, most of

Personal Productivity & Locus of Control

July 19, 2012
According to a research, people seem more happy, healthy and productive when they believe that they are under the control of their outcomes and own choices. Any person with inner locus of control possesses the ability of influencing the events around him. But what is locus of control? Locus of

How Engaged Are Your People?

July 18, 2012
A recent study conducted by Gallup highlighted that many of India’s successful organizations are losing employee engagement and are unaware of the reason. Employees need to feel engaged with the work they do, peers they work with and the organization they work for. How To Define Employee

Tools to Improve Employee Efficiency

July 17, 2012
You may be having a cutting edge information technology up and running in your services organization, but can you guarantee 90% of employee efficiency. Well, the answer is No. Most of the companies operate in the range of 60%-65% efficiency, even though they have systems upgraded with latest

Identifying Early Signs of Employee Disengagement

July 11, 2012
According to a recent survey, more than two third of the employees are not actively occupied in their jobs, which means that most of the employees are usually disengaged from work. Many of us are unaware of the fact that Disengagement Process is not a sudden event; it take days, weeks or even

Effort Versus Ability

July 10, 2012
When you talk to an employee regarding his poor performance, what is it that you expect to hear? They will typically say that “I’ll try harder” or that “the task was too difficult or inadequately defined to complete in time”. If you an employee, you expect the stock suggestion that “you

Enhancing Organizational Productivity By Transforming Work Culture: The Ouchi ‘Z’ Theory

July 5, 2012
Organization culture is critical to businesses. Work culture emulates organization productivity as a whole; this essentially became the grounds for William Ouchi study. During his studies Ouchi closely observed the Japanese and Americans Management styles. With extreme diversity in two styles,

Employee Productivity and McGregor Theory of X & Y

July 4, 2012
Every employee in an organisation has his/her own work psychology, they have their own style of working, and there are different set of factors, which influence them and their productivity. As a manager one has to deal with each of them in a different manner and bring the best out of them. Douglas

Personal Productivity and Management Theories: The Hawthorne Study

July 3, 2012
As human beings, all of us yearn for recognition – be it at home or at work. A lot of studies have been conducted to understand the correlation between human psychology and personal productivity. One of the earliest and most quoted ones, popularly known as the Hawthorne Study, dates back to

Is working 9-6 is better than 11-8pm?

June 28, 2012
We often hear the work principles about the harder you work, the more successful you will be. Eventually we end up putting in more hours at work. But is that really true? Unfortunately that’s not true. We all could work on a task without getting far at all. Achieving company goals require work.

Appraisals- Qualitative and Quantitative KRAs

June 27, 2012
Appraisals are based on Key Result Areas (KRAs) of an individual in any organisation. Responsibilities are generally divided in qualitative and quantitative areas, for example leadership qualities, interpersonal communication, negotiation skills etc. fall under qualitative responsibilities and

Micro-Management Versus Macro-Management For Managers

June 26, 2012
The relative effectiveness of micro-management and macro-management depends on many factors such as nature of work, maturity of team members, the complexity of the project relative to experience level of the team and so on. The challenge is for managers to recognize what is appropriate for the team

Transparency is Critical to build Customer Confidence

June 20, 2012
Today it’s a well-known fact that customers will only be loyal to service providers who serve as a valued ‘partner’. A sustainable business can only be built on a culture of trusted partnerships with the customers; therefore organisational transparency is the key to gain customer confidence

Is transparency important at work?

June 19, 2012
Most organizations have Transparency as a desirable goal, but not easy to attain. Transparency has several interpretations, and is often at odds with the business requirements of privacy and security. In small companies, the founders’ ethos dictates the level of transparency. As organizations

Our 5th Webinar – topic “Increase Work Output by 15-20% Effortlessly”

June 15, 2012
On Thursday, we had the fifth webinar in our quarterly series related to topics such as productivity, innovation, people engagement etc. This one too was well attended with around 18 participants at CxO/VP/Director level from different companies. This blog is a quick summary of the topics covered:

Urgent versus Important for Software Developers

June 15, 2012
Software Developers are often under pressure due to urgent requirements and aggressive delivery deadlines. It often appears that there is not much time to plan and prioritize. While we are engaged in some important task, there is an e-mail asking us to shift to another more urgent task. We don’t

Urgent versus Important for Software Quality Analysts

June 15, 2012
We have had a couple of blogs on differentiating between “urgent and important” for roles like CXOs and Project Managers. Let’s consider its importance for Software Quality Analysts (SQA). Every organization wants to deliver high quality services and products to its customers. In a software

Urgent versus Important for Project Managers

June 15, 2012
Often, as managers, we find ourselves moving from one urgent task to another, and seemingly hard pressed for enough time. This adds a lot of avoidable stress to our life. This is not a new phenomenon – in most jobs, lack of planning eventually leads to crisis situations. We get busy in

Urgent versus Important for CXOs

June 15, 2012
CXO’s are the front-end drivers of an organization; their main role is to define and drive the organization’s mission and vision. Their primary work focus is in planning new strategies and directions, while effectively piloting the execution of the current business objectives. However, CXOs are

Time Management Concepts – The dilemma of Urgent versus Important

June 15, 2012
Most of us feel stressed out and not in control of our life as we are constantly juggling between urgent and important tasks. To pull out of such crisis mode, it is useful to understand the Stephen Covey Quadrant and incorporate it into our lives actively to reach the desired state where you feel

Working Hard But Manager or Client Does Not Recognize

June 14, 2012
Sometimes you may be doing an excellent job, working hard and in a focused manner, and yet this is not being acknowledged by your manager or the customer. Good managers consider the overall performance, such as your contribution to the project, quality of the output and attitude towards work and

As a Professional, How Do I Ensure Reasonable Work Hours?

June 12, 2012
Most of us spend 9 to11 hours a day in the office, and sometimes take work home too. We are sure that we work too hard, but the question is how can we improve? Do we really know how and where we spend our time? There are plenty of areas where we could have optimized our time. If we are able to

Is ‘Waste’ Eating Up Your Precious Time?

May 29, 2012
There is a significant difference between working hard and working smart. We all need to work hard to some extent, but do we realize when we are working too hard? Maybe we feel the pressure to work hard to feel that we are doing the right thing. Yet it might not be necessary, and in fact may be

Facebook COO Leaves Office At 5:30 pm – Why Not You?

May 29, 2012
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg recently spoke about how she leaves for home at 5:30 pm since the last couple of years to be able to join her kids for dinner. Read her views at:  http://healthland.time.com/2012/04/12/facebooks-sheryl-sandberg-leaves-work-at-530-should-you/ In today’s fast paced

Your e-mails Are Reducing Your Work Output

May 29, 2012
A large majority of employees today spend bulk of their time on PCs. They extensively use emails to share information. However, there is a growing realization that emails are one of the most inefficient activities at the workplace. The CEO of a large global IT Services company has even banned

Too Many Meetings Are Bad For You!

May 29, 2012
Most managers at medium and large companies think that they have to attend too many meetings, some of which are a waste of time. Now researchers say that meetings even lower your IQ! Check this article in the Telegraph, UK:

Too Busy And Stressed Out? Work 40 Hours per Week And Yet Be More Productive

May 29, 2012
Revenue and profitability growth are the core objectives for any enterprise. One of the key drivers for increased revenue and growth, especially in the knowledge and services industry, is employee productivity. Research has shown that people spending more than 40 hours per week end up being less

Sapience analyses over 3 million work hours

May 21, 2012
In continuation with my previous blog – 18 million hours or 36 million By 1st April we had analysed over 3 million hours. We are going to outpace ourselves by hitting 6 million hours by 1st July. At the end of every quarter we are adding as many users as we have had at the start of the

Accurate Effort Estimation is critical for Profitability

April 13, 2012
Traditional manufacturing industries track input costs related to their business very accurately. They have production targets, and precise information on total material used, person-hours of effort and actual output. This is important to ensure profitability for their business. Large companies use

May I Work from Home Part 2 of 2

March 11, 2012
In part 1, we reviewed the typical objections to a request for working from home, and yet the rising trend of companies supporting the policy. We also talked about how ‘work from home’ requires the maturity and self-discipline to ensure that this kind of freedom is respected and balanced

May I Work from Home? Part 1 of 2

March 11, 2012
An excuse to get away with less work – more often than not, managers think of this when they get a request from someone asking to work from home. One cannot blame them, this is a natural reaction. Step into the shoes of a manager, and you will understand his/her doubts on how much work will

Time/Effort is the second most important ‘currency’ at work

March 1, 2012
At engineering and services oriented companies, ‘Time’ is the second most important currency after cash. Effort is the aggregate of Time spent by all employees in the team, project, business unit or the company. In any business where employees spend a lot of time in front of PCs to

Transparency at work

March 1, 2012
When selling Sapience, we frequently get asked about whether the product will impact their open work culture. What do people mean when they talk of open work culture? I think two things: transparency and trust. I will discuss transparency in this blog, and trust in my next. Transparency comes from

Team workload is a strong lead indicator of potential problems

March 1, 2012
Small setups of 50 employees or less are managed directly by founders and CEO. Line of sight management ensures good governance. As companies scale, it becomes increasingly hard to know what is happening in the trenches. Teams may be overloaded for extended stretches, or may be spending relatively

Getting more productivity from your existing team

March 1, 2012
Productivity depends on many aspects, including the quality, motivation, training and tools available to your team. You can hire more experienced or talented people, get better managers, or provide them with better tools. However, that’s in the future. The challenge today is how to get more

Even office bus timings can impact work!

March 1, 2012
Many large companies in India have offices in distant (and low cost) suburban locations in the city, and offer bus transport for employees. At one site where our product, Sapience was deployed, the client had a bus service with 10 AM arrival and 6:30 PM departure times. It was expected that of the

Shifting outsourcing trends make Workforce Efficiency critical

March 1, 2012
Outsourcing is shifting gears from T&M (time and material) and fixed price deals to Managed Services. This represents a transition from contracting for services rather than bodies. The emphasis on Service Level Agreements (SLAs) rather than resources. This has important implications for

Visibility of Knowledge Work – great blog by Jim McGee

March 1, 2012
Here is a trenchant observation by Jim McGee on his blog: “For all the productivity gains that accrue to the digitization of knowledge work, one unintended consequence has been to make the execution of knowledge work essentially invisible, making it harder to manage and improve such work. The

Don’t be a heavy multi-tasker

March 1, 2012
Peter Bregman is a well known consultant on leadership, and the CEO of Bregman Partners, Inc., a global management consulting firm. His recent blog http://blogs.hbr.org/bregman/2010/05/how-and-why-to-stop-multitaski.html explains the disadvantages of multitasking: It is dangerous to multitask (for

Managing Time with Sapience – my experience

March 1, 2012
For the past 20 years, I have been involved in managing medium to large software engineering teams.  I have always valued information regarding effective time usage, and have explored multiple ways to collect this data. For example, putting time information in Excel spreadsheets every time I

Trust at Work

October 21, 2011
This is a continuation of our previous blog where we discussed questions about Transparency at work, in the context of Sapience. A related question is Trust at work. In a trusted relationship, each party relies on each other to fulfull their respective obligations. At work, an
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